Original posted on January 30th, 2019 by BRIAN HAYTCHER

CONNEAUT — A pair of major Conneaut projects are moving closer to construction.

The Risberg Pipeline will start construction in Pennsylvania soon, and Conneaut City Council passed an amendment to the city’s agreement with the construction company, RH energytrans, at its Monday night meeting.

The resolution changed the date of the agreement to match the new construction dates and updated how RH energytrans will pay for any street damage.

Previously, RH energytrans intended use a bond to pay for damage, but now they will make a cash deposit of $250,000 into the city’s road work trust. After pipeline construction in Conneaut is complete and road repairs are paid for, the remaining money will be refunded to RH energytrans.

The city council also approved an agreement allowing for construction of three taps on the Risberg Pipeline, at a cost of $39,000. Jim Hockaday, Conneaut city manager, said the same project would cost about $500,000 if the city were to wait until the project was completed.

The Risberg pipeline will connect North Kingsville to a pipeline that ends in Meadville, Pennsylvania, adding 28 miles of new pipeline to an existing 32 miles. The entire project will cost $86 million. Construction has started on a contractor yard in North Kingsville.

Council also awarded a contract to Tri Mor Corporation out of Twinsburg for improvements to Parrish Road and Chamberlain Boulevard. The project, costing just less than $1.5 million, includes work on the intersections of Route 20 and Parrish Road, and Parrish Road and Chamberlain Boulevard.

Both intersections will have an expanded turning radius to better accommodate tractor trailers.

General Aluminum is set to expand and add 50 new jobs to their Chamberlain Boulevard plant. The intersection improvements should help cut down on trucks running into telephone poles.

“We’re all ready for this project,” City Council President Debbie Newcomb said.

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